To many people, Windsor is synonymous with Windsor Castle, the home of the Queen.
However, there’s more to Windsor than the castle: across the Thames, you can visit Eton College (the school Princes Harry and William attended) and you can also tour the river to see the grand homes of the rich and famous.
There are also several parks and gardens, including Windsor Great Park.
Getting there by Train
Trains depart from London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside every half hour (on the hour and half past).
Journey time is around one hour.
Things to See
Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today.
Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at the heart of the working palace. For part of the year visitors can also see the Semi State rooms, which are some of the most splendid interiors in the castle. They are furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence, fine tapestries and porcelain, sculpture and armour.
Within the Castle complex there are many additional attractions, including the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary’s dolls’ house, and the fourteenth-century St. George’s Chapel, the burial place of ten sovereigns and setting for many Royal weddings.
Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. The College originally had 70 King’s Scholars or ‘Collegers’ who lived in the College and were educated free, and a small number of ‘Oppidans’ who lived in the town of Eton and paid for their education.
Today it is a secondary school for approximately 1,290 boys between the ages of 13 and 18, all of whom are boarders. Famous recent Etonians include Princes William and Harry.
Windsor Great Park (locally referred to simply as the Great Park) is a large deer park of 5,000 acres, to the south of the town of Windsor on the border of Berkshire and Surrey in England.
The park was, for many centuries, the private hunting ground of Windsor Castle and dates primarily from the mid-13th century.
Now largely open to the public, the parkland is a popular recreation area.